Adam Fields (weblog)

This blog is largely deprecated, but is being preserved here for historical interest. Check out my index page at for more up to date info. My main trade is technology strategy, process/project management, and performance optimization consulting, with a focus on enterprise and open source CMS and related technologies. More information. I write periodic long pieces here, shorter stuff goes on twitter or


Kottke goes full time

Filed under: — adam @ 5:56 pm

Good for him. I hope it works out for him. I’m still not sure this is any different from being an unemployed blogger except that you’re asking for money instead of not.

New Dyson cleaner orders its own spare parts

Filed under: — adam @ 5:45 pm

“The gizmo alerts the user if it has broken down or needs a replacement part. The owner then dials the number of the Dyson call centre and holds the telephone receiver to the vacuum cleaner. The machine transmits a message telling engineers what’s wrong and orders any new part it needs.”,,2-2005083127,00.html

Great hacking story on German rent-a-bikes

Filed under: — adam @ 10:28 am

Bruce Schneier relates a great story about hacking rent-a-bikes in Berlin. The hack is interesting, non-obvious, somewhat conscientious (they only made it so you can use bikes for free if they’re sitting idle). Probably still not nice, but it’s a good read.

eBay scams now using eBay servers

Filed under: — adam @ 10:17 am

How is it possible that eBay lets you redirect to arbitrary servers?

Rule number one of web application security is “Don’t trust user input”. Even worse than this is that they know about it and can’t easily fix it. That means they’ve probably got this problem copied all over the place.

(Note: Spoofstick sees through this.)

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